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The Raydio Ranch is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath beach house about a one block walk from the beach. The house has a queen size bed in each bedroom. There is a daybed with a pull out trundle that will sleep two and a queen size sleeper sofa that also sleeps two. There is a spacious outside deck that allows for entertaining with both a covered and uncovered area for the sun worshippers. The house was completely remodeled and refurnished after Hurricane Ike. All linens, pillows, towels, dishes and complete cookware are furnished. There are a full size washer and dryer. There is a disposal, but sorry, no dishwasher in the modern kitchen complete with furnished bottled water for drinking and cooking. We have a 36' Sony Satellite TV with free HBO and Showtime movie channels as well as a DVD player. In the large garage below the house there are some beach toys for use by kids, some plastic chairs to take to the beach and very importantly an extra toilet. There is a large outside shower downstairs to get that beach sand off. Pets are welcome with an extra non-refundable pet fee with a limit of only 2 dogs. The pet fee $25 per pet.
Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in each of the bedrooms. There is a new queen size sofa/sleeper (1) in the living room that sleeps 2. Twin or Single Beds (2) which sleep 2. It is a single daybed with a mattress underneath that pulls out. It is comfortable and works especially well for kids....moreless
The extra toilet is in the potty room in the garage....moreless
There is a large full bath upstairs in the house. Downstairs in the garage is a very nice new toilet in its own potty room. There is a large outdoor shower downstairs as well. We have a sink downstairs for washing up or cleaning fish. We also have a dog washing station complete with a leash hung from a rafter to secure your animal. It is a good idea to rinse the saltwater off your dog....moreless
There is a full size clothes dryer.
Purchased in September 2012....moreless
You can park 4 -6 cars comfortably under the house on the concrete....moreless
Garage below the house with an extra toilet, beach toys for kids use, extra 5 gallon bottles of water, extra propane tank for grill. Plastic chairs for sitting under the deck or taking to the beach....moreless
Central electric heat. It can make you sweat....moreless
Fantastic deck with plenty of covered and uncovered areas. We have about 8 chairs and a couple of loungers, two side tables and a cocktail table....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Grassy lawn area on the sides and at the rear of the house....moreless
Very nice propane gas grill on the deck. Please move it out from under the covered area to use. Guests are expected to clean the grill after using it. There is an extra propane tank in the garage....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$250
Check in is 4 PM. Check out is 11 AM. Early or late check in/out times can sometimes be arranged depending on occupancy. We use a combination lockbox for the key. The code is changed frequently. We send you the code just prior to your rental period. Assuming all is well, we return the deposit the week following your stay. Email is best for a quick response, but phone calls are ok.
We accept cash, personal checks, cashier checks and money orders.
We do not accept credit cards or debit cards. There is a $250 refundable security/damage deposit to reserve the house. Full rental payment is required 4 weeks prior to rental dates. Cancellation prior to 4 weeks before your stay results in a full refund. Your deposit is forfeited with less than 4 weeks notice of cancellation.
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Our beach house called 'Raydio Ranch' is located in the Sandy Shores subdivision in the very middle of the 26 mile Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach, Texas. It is 13 miles to the free ferry that is operated year round by the Texas Department of Transportation. The ferry takes you across the bay to Galveston and its many attractions. Besides great restaurants, Galveston boasts The Schlitterbahn Water Park, The Strand, Moody Gardens, and its own tourist attractions. Raydio Ranch is also 13 miles to High Island the highest point on the Texas Gulf Coast in an area that is world renown for its birdwatching. Raydio Ranch is located a short 1 block walk from the beach which is the main attraction at Crystal Beach. You can swim, fish, look for shells, jog, catch some rays, people watch or just hang out with a cool one. There are multiple restaurants on the peninsula as well at the Gulf Coast Market, better known as 'The Big Store'. There you can find everything from groceries to a toilet seat to a TV to a bathing suit to t-shirts to all manner of souvenirs. The best thing about the area is that it is a great place to enjoy a quiet vacation for just a couple or a whole family. Try it, you'll like it.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: We purchased Raydio Ranch in June of 2004 and immediately enjoyed the fantastic Bolivar Peninsula fireworks displays for hours on end on the 4th of July. We lived in Beaumont at that time and eventually spent nearly every weekend 'at the beach'. I enjoy salt water fishing especially in the surf. But we also enjoyed riding the golf cart on the beach and socializing with our friends and family who often came with us or to visit. Our Labrador Retriever will just about go crazy when he realizes where he is. Dogs usually love playing in the water.
Why the Owner Chose Crystal Beach: I semi-retired in 2011 after 50 years in the radio business (hence the name 'Raydio Ranch') and we moved from Beaumont back to Austin where we had previously lived for more than 30 years. We love the beach house, our neighbors, the slow pace and great weather at the beach. However it is a much longer trip now from Ausitn and we don't come as often as we did when we were in Beaumont and only 55 minutes away door to door. We had never rented the house before and only a few times let relatives or very close friends use it. So we decided to share it with others and renting it enables us to still use it and enjoy the beach from time to time.
The Unique Benefits at this House: One of the best things about Raydio Ranch is that it is located in Sandy Shores. Most all of the houses have been rebuilt since Hurricane Ike. It is the most friendly first class subdivision on the Bolivar Penninsula. There are always social events going on in the 'hood' as it is called. The full time residents and the weekenders blend together seemlessly and everyone is very helpful to each other. All the partying is usually over way before midnight. No wild all night college kids around Sandy Shores. Lay around or fish on the beach. Let your kids build sand castles. Sit out on the deck and enjoy the sunset. Put up and take in the flag. Use the first rate gas grill to fix that great meal after a long day at the beach. You will love Crystal Beach, Sandy Shores and Raydio Ranch.